The Cairo International Film Festival (CIFF) has announced the dates for its 44th edition which will be held from November 13 to 22, 2022 inside the Cairo Opera House complex. As during previous editions, the winning films will be screened on the day after closing night, this year on November 23.
The festival also announced that submissions for the programme will open on May 15, 2022 and will close on August 15, as per the guidelines featured on the festival's website www.ciff.org.eg.
Festival president and revered Egyptian actor Hussein Fahmy said that "preparations for festival have started already and we are hoping to achieve an edition worthy of the festival legacy.” Amir Ramses, who was very recently appointed as festival director, added “we have already started to watch, invite and follow up on the expected important films of the year along with the programming team.”
The 43rd edition of the festival, held from November 26 to December 5, 2021, saw 98 films participating, from 63 countries -- these included 27 world premieres, 7 international premieres, 44 MENA premieres and 15 Arab and north African premieres. More than 40,000 tickets were sold during that edition, a significant increase in numbers from the previous editions, with 337 international guests participating in the festival in 2021.
Highlights from the 43rd edition of CIFF included a public conversation with Indian composer A.R. Rahman, the premiere of No Land's Man by Bangladeshi filmmaker Mostofa Sarwar Farooki as well as the world premiere of Egyptian director and writer Nadine Khan's Abu Saddam, which has gone on to screen at international film festivals around the world.
The Cairo International Film Festival is one of the oldest festivals in the Arab world and Africa, and it is the only one in the region classified as an "A category" festival by the International Federation of Film Producers Associations.